When Tooth Loss Is Unexpected

For many people, losing a tooth is the result of an untreated dental concern, like gum disease. They may not have expected to lose the tooth by the time sought treatment, but the fact that they have severe gum disease likely isn’t a surprise. However, many patients experience tooth loss as the result of a dental emergency, such as accidental trauma, or suddenly have to have a tooth extracted after a lifetime of otherwise optimal oral health. At our Redmond, OR, dental implant office, we’re highly experienced in helping patients recover from tooth loss with highly lifelike results, even if the loss is an unexpected occurrence.

When it happens suddenly

Dental emergencies come in all forms, and the resulting dental damage can range from minor chips or cracks to complete tooth loss, and everything in between. For example, a sudden, traumatic impact might completely knock a tooth out of its socket, causing immediate tooth loss. Or, it might jar your tooth’s root loose in its socket, making it highly likely that you’ll lose the tooth if you don’t seek treatment for it immediately.

The dangers of waiting

Whether the loss of your tooth is immediate, or your tooth sustains enough damage to make its loss inevitable, waiting to seek treatment can increase the risks to your smile and oral health. For example, your remaining teeth will respond immediately to the loss, shifting toward the empty space in their ranks to accommodate your bite’s pressure. Your emergency may also have caused damage to one or more other teeth in addition to tooth loss, and the dangers to their health and integrity can grow the longer you wait to treat them.

Seeking treatment as soon as possible

The goal of emergency restorative dental treatment isn’t just to restore your smile, but also to prevent any further tooth damage or other concerns from growing worse. That means replacing your lost tooth as soon as possible, preferably with a dental implant. We may also be able to restore any damaged teeth the same day using CEREC same-day dental crown technology. The sooner you seek treatment for your lost tooth, the more successfully you can recover you’re your dental emergency and preserve the rest of your healthy smile.

Learn how to deal with unexpected tooth loss

When tooth loss is a sudden, unexpected emergency, seeking treatment as soon as possible is the best way to save and restore your smile. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927.